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October 30, 2010


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Daniel Mount

I always make a pilgrimage to Parc Monceau and Parc Andre Citroen when in Paris. Though they seem antithetical to one another they both are clearly French. I love that they are out of the tourist zone, I can just sit for hours in either of them just watching the French go about their lives. Something I can never afford time-wise in Seattle. Looking forward to your article. A fellow fan of the parks of Paris.


I'm with Ruth. I loved walking thru Luxembourg Gardens. It is just trees and gravel, mostly, I kept thinking. How can it be so satisfying and perfect. But it was. Every time.

valerie Easton

Hi Wendy,
I loved the trough gardens in France too - they look so ancient and appropriate there...


I meant to comment further...I was also in France this september and became obsessed with trough gardens. There are so MANY in southern france (Aveyron) mostly made of ancient stone but there are some newish ones for sale, too. They mostly grow sedum and sempervivum in them but there are also some planted to geraniums, petunias and other annuals. Mostly I love the look of the stone, encrusted with lichen and moss. Might be time for me to break down and try hypertufa.

Garden Decor

All ur photos are so sweet and colorfull too...I have heared about paris but this is the first time me seeing all those places in ur picture ..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGszA07PqVs I feel very happy to visit ur garden ...

valerie Easton

Hi Jeff,
You must mean the top photo? I don't really remember for sure, but I believe they are metal rounds or hoops with netting/fabric stretched over them.

Hope this helps -


Beautiful garden pictures. I noticed in one of them they have some cold frames that look like bent wood. Do you know what the frames are made out of? Wood or some sort of metal? Anyhow, thanks for sharing.

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valerie Easton

Hi Wendy,
Thanks, you can see how I need an editor....The great thing about a blog, as opposed to print, is that the spelling errors are already corrected!


looking forward to Pac. mag article. just thought to remind you, it is Tuileries, and Versailles as correct spellingS! sorry, just had to be a grammarian for a moment.


Thanks for these lovely Paris pics! I felt the same way about the Luxembourg Gardens.

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